Hero security guard Adam Sharman has told how he dragged a woman to safety just moments before her car turned into a fireball. The 26-year-old was driving home from work at JCB1 when he came across a two-vehicle smash on the outskirts of Cheadle2. Within seconds, Adam and another passing motorist realised a woman was trapped inside her burning vehicle.
The pair then managed to prise the crumpled door open before pulling the woman out as the car became engulfed in flames.
The Citreon Saxo turned into a fireball seconds after Adam pulled the woman out
Adam, of Stoke, said: When I stopped you could see the smoke . I got out and there was a smashed up Citreon Saxo . I could hear the woman screaming.
“She was stuck behind the steering wheel and the chassis was all crumpled . The engine was on fire and we had to bend the car s door frame because it wouldn t open.
The flames started to get bigger so we decided just to take an arm each and kept dragging her back the car then completely went up in flames . We took her quite far back but you could still feel the heat.
Adam has been credited with saving the woman’s life
Emergency services including the police, fire service and ambulance soon arrived on the scene in Cheadle Road at around 10.15pm on Friday (November 3). The woman was then taken to hospital after suffering serious injuries to her legs.
But Adam believes it could have been a lot worse had he and the other motorist not stopped.
The accident on Cheadle Road (Image: Staffordshire Police)
He added: If it was someone I cared about I hope someone would do the same thing . I always try to help out . I thought to myself afterwards that had we have been there just five minutes later it could have been horrific . Luckily we were able to get her out.
Throughout the incident Adam kept his bosses at JCB up-to-date.
He said: I was updating work anyway so they knew what was happening but I asked if they could use my GPS location and send all of the emergency services.
They arrived shortly afterwards but by this time it was enough for the car to have up in flames.
Adam Sharman helped save a woman’s life when he pulled her out of her burning car.
PC Dave Stubbs, from Staffordshire Police3, was one of the police officers who attended the crash between the Saxo and a Land Rover. He said: In my view these people saved her life . They came across the collision and within seconds sprang into action and pulled her from the car.
Staffordshire Police and Crime commissioner Matthew Ellis has highlighted changes in the county s police force as part of his pledge to make it the best in the country by 2016. Speaking at Staffordshire Police s first oath swearing ceremony in three years, he told StaffsLive: The plan to do that, which I will be launching in June, is being seen nationally as the most comprehensive and ambitious in the country. I spoke to the Prime Minister in some detail about what we were planning to do, and he was very supportive and impressed and he is going to help me in some of the stuff I need to do outside simple policing.
Mr Ellis believes Staffordshire Police needs to be technologically up to date if they are to improve the services with 8 million to be invested in improvements.
I see that as a really big pledge to make Staffordshire the most technically advanced police service in the country.
I want by 2016 our officers to have the level of technology where they have no need to go to a static computer and they ll have everything at their fingertips, and above all, it will all join up, because at the moment it doesn t.
By Abbie Whitehouse: Staffordshire Police are launching a new 101 non-emergency number. The number is already in use in London, Wales, Hampshire and the Isle of White and will be rolled out across England during 2011. Staffordshire Police say they hope the number will be more memorable for people trying to contact them about non-urgent matters.
Chief Inspector Mark Riley said: Only 54 per cent of the public know how to contact their local police if they want to talk about policing, crime or anti-social behaviour.
The introduction of the 101 number will help communities to keep their neighbourhoods safe by giving them one easy way to contact their local police force.
The call will cost 15p from a landline or mobile and the new number will be accessible to all Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire residents from November 8, 2011.